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Young Leaders

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The Young Leaders’ Scheme is just one of the exciting programme elements in the Explorer Scout section. All leaders in the Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Section who are between the ages of 14 and 18 must be members of an Explorer Scout Young Leaders’ Unit. They are Explorer Scouts who choose to devote a large proportion of their time in Scouting to service in another section.

The Young Leaders’ Scheme helps Explorer Scouts to develop and grow as individuals. It allows them to make a valuable contribution to their community and give service to others. The scheme also helps them fulfil the service elements of their awards.

Module A Badge

The Young Leader’s Module A Badge is awarded after completion of Module A – Prepare for Take Off of the Young Leaders’ Scheme. This must be completed within three months of becoming a Young Leader.

Young Leaders’ Essentials

Young Leaders’ Essentials was developed to help adults, primarily the Explorer Scout Leaders (Young Leader) who will be delivering the scheme, to understand how the training and development aspects of the scheme work.

Young Leaders’ Scheme Factsheets

In the Young Leaders’ Essentials pack, there are a number of factsheets designed to help Young Leaders themselves progress through the training element of the scheme. Also the Young Leader Log Book can be downloaded from here (yl-new-logbook and for the print friendly version printer-friendly-logbook).

Young Leaders – Information for Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Leaders

Also available is a factsheet called Young Leaders – Information for Beaver Scout, Cub Scout and Scout Leaders. This factsheet outlines to section leaders the role that they can expect Young Leaders to play in their leadership team.

 

Further information for Young Leaders – just click here

 

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Young Leaders’ Scheme Factsheets

In the Young Leaders’ Essentials pack, there are a number of factsheets designed to help Young Leaders themselves progress through the training element of the scheme. Also the Young Leader Log Book can be downloaded from here (yl-new-logbook or print friendly version – printer-friendly-logbook).

Safeguarding

‘Young People First’ code of good practice for young leaders (orange card)

A code of good practice for Explorer Scouts who are working with younger sections as Young Leaders is also available – the ‘Young People First’ code of good practice.

It is important that all Young Leaders are given a copy of the card, and are aware of our procedures and their responsibilities, and what to do if they receive a disclosure.  (Orange card download – young-leaders-orange-card-2015-v2),

Code of behaviour

DO put this code into practice at all times

DO treat everyone with respect

DO treat all young people equally – show no favouritism

DO plan activities with more than one other person present, or at least within sight and hearing of others

DO avoid situations that could affect relationships within the group (eg a relationship between a young leader and a youth member)

DO have separate sleeping accommodation for young people, Young Leaders and adults

DO allow young people to talk about any concerns they have

DO encourage others to talk freely about attitudes or behaviours they don’t like

DO steer clear of inappropriate attention-seeking behaviour eg flirting, crushes, tantrums, etc.

DO remember this code even at sensitive moments eg when responding to bullying, bereavement or abuse

DO remember this code when sending texts, emails, making phone calls and using the internet

DO tell adult leaders where you are and what you are doing at all times

DO remember someone else might misunderstand your behaviour, however well meant

DON’T trivialise abuse

DON’T allow bullying

DON’T engage in inappropriate behaviour or contact eg play fights, insults, obscene gestures

DON’T get involved in physical contact games with young people, even if you are running them

DON’T make threats or suggestive or offensive remarks to a young person, even in fun

DON’T drink alcohol on Scouting activities

DON’T let allegations, suspicions, or concerns about abuse go unreported

DON’T believe ‘it’ll never happen to me’

What happens if…?

A young person tells you about abuse by someone else:

  1. Allow the young person to talk without interruption, just accept what is said.
  2. Tell the young person that you treat what has been said seriously but that you must pass it on to an adult leader.
  3. Immediately tell an adult leader.
  4. Make a note of the facts as you know them and give the information to the same leader.

If you have a concern about a young person or you get a complaint about anyone, including yourself:

  1. Immediately tell an adult leader.
  2. Make a note of the facts as you know them and give the information to the same leader.

Young People First, Guidance for Young Leaders (orange card) (PDF)




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